2018 Apex Alumni Jason Grant

Dr. Jason Grant is an Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Agricultural Trade at Virginia Tech where he teaches graduate microeconomics and international trade in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics. His current research relates to non-tariff measures, bilateral and regional trade agreements including the proposed mega-regional trade deals and renegotiation of existing agreements, and trade disputes. His research more specifically focuses on empirical projections of the impact of non-tariff measures on bilateral trade patterns and new investigations of agricultural trade policies at the firm level. 

He was the recipient of the American Agricultural and Applied Economics Association’s Honorable Mention award for Outstanding AJAE Journal Article in 2013 for his work on the effects of WTO membership on international agricultural trade and a recipient of the 2014 European Agricultural Economics Association’s Quality of Policy Contribution Award for his work on international trade agreements. 

Dr. Grant currently serves as Associate Editor of the American Journal of Agricultural Economics. Each year Dr. Grant’s Center for Agricultural Trade in partnership with the State agencies hosts the annual Governor’s Conference on Agricultural Trade, which attracts over 250 producers, agribusiness firms, State, and Federal government attendees and is formally endorsed by the Governor of Virginia. He has served as special advisor to the Deputy Chief Trade Negotiator of Canada on issues of non-tariff measures and free trade agreement strategies and was an invited speaker at the 93rd USDA Agricultural Outlook Forum in 2016 on sanitary and phytosanitary measures affecting U.S. agricultural trade. 

Dr. Grant earned his Ph.D. in agricultural economics from Purdue University in 2007.




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